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Why September Is Not My Favorite Month My stomach flip-flopped as I read the email: “‘Back to School’ parent meeting Thursday evening at 17:00.” Oh joy. It’s that time of year again where my pride gets a good reality check and I realize anew that I did not grow up in the Slovene school system. I am a second-culture parent. I was raised... Read more



Good Medicine Dear Friends, “I’ve just stopped counting on anything.” My friend is normally quite optimistic, so his comment caught me by surprise. We were working on ministry... Read more The Call I was holding that piece of paper in my hand. Sitting on the edge of my bed felt like sitting on the edge of a giant rock on top of a high mountain. It was frightening to... Read more Walking Prayer Dear Friends, Quarantines, social distancing, masks, lockdowns. All of these actions slow down the spread of a deadly virus, but they also create barriers for ministry... Read more This Changes Everything ... Read more The Fighter, the Learner, and the Young Sage I remember the day I met Alex and Lina. It was the first day of English lessons at camp in 2018, and I was teaching the advanced level. After introductions and, since we were... Read more A Summer Like No Other Dear Friends, “Houston, we have a problem.” Remember those famous words from Apollo 13? As the crew was hurtling through space toward a landing on the moon, a routine... Read more Are You Ready? It is one of those rainy spring days here in Rīga, Latvia, where it is the perfect balance of warm and cool. As I sit in this little cafe, sipping on a coffee and talking... Read more Why is leaving JV so hard? As I zip up my suitcase, I give my room one last look. It’s all here - my time in Czech as a JVK (Josiah Venture Kid) missionary for these past nine years. I see my white... Read more Social Un-Distancing Dear Friends, What do you do when the distance decreases? A common theme of the current pandemic is the need to create space. Greater distance decreases the chances... Read more